School Uniform

School Dress Code – Years 7-11

The school believes that a dress code for the students in Years 7 to 11 is appropriate and will help promote a productive working environment. The dress code at St Benedict’s is something that we take pride in.  With high expectations for student uniform we hope to:

  • encourage pride in the school.
  • create a sense of belonging and community.
  • enable students to feel safe and secure.
  • promote equity and reduce bullying through peer pressure to conform to fashion trends.

Uniform for students in Years 7-11 inclusively

A full version of our School Uniform Policy can be found on the Policies page of our website. 

  • Plain white shirt (short sleeve in the summer if preferred).
  • School tie – traditional or clip-on.
  • Navy Blazer with a St. Benedict’s school badge.
  • Navy school skirt: A-line or pleated (just above the knee). Belts on skirts are not allowed.
  • Navy school trousers (not leggings, jeggings, jeans, track suit bottoms, joggers – not tight material.)
  • In addition, students may wish to wear an optional navy v neck jumper (plain acrylic/cotton/wool – no design or logo)
  • Footwear should be flat & entirely black in appearance, Dr Martens with yellow stitching are allowed (no boots/sandals)
  • Black/navy tights or navy/white knee socks only.
  • Dark blue/black belt (optional item). If students choose to wear a belt with trousers, the belt should be a thin/narrow belt, no wider that 4cms, be plain in appearance with an unadorned buckle
  • Suitable coat or jacket (no pull-on hoodies are allowed)

There should be no variation to this uniform, and coats should not be worn unless it is outside during social time at lunch time or break time.

Sixth Form Dress Code

The sixth form dress code plays an important role in contributing to the ethos and standards of both the sixth form and the wider school. Our sixth form students are leaders in the school, a role model to the younger students. Our younger students wear a formal uniform and they look very smart indeed; the sixth form dress code should also make students appear smart and ready to learn.

An independent and mature approach to learning is one of the key aims of the sixth form and a responsible dress code is one way of achieving this. It is only a short step to university or the world of work and following a dress code will prepare students for both. The dress code should allow students to express themselves as individuals, but in an appropriate way. It is particularly important that the dress code complements the main school uniform policy and recognises that the school is a working environment for students from the age of 11 to 18. Most importantly the way a sixth form student dresses should not cause embarrassment to staff, students, members of the school community or to members of the wider community; the public perception of the school should be important to all of us.

It is recognised that this dress code will not cover all issues that may arise. Students may seek to wear, for example, items which have not been covered by the guidelines overleaf, but which are against the spirit of this dress code. In such a case, or given any issue of dispute, the final arbiter is the Director of Learning Sixth Form. Students that are inappropriately dressed will be asked to go home and change.

ID Badges are part of the dress code and must be worn at all times.
Our staff and students believe that a smart school is a better school.

Appropriate Male Dress Code

  • School / office shoes (no trainers or Doc. Martin style boots)
  • Smart trousers (no jeans or joggers)
  • Shirt with collar, not a polo shirt or T-shirt
  • Tie may be worn, but are not compulsory, and should be appropriate to a workplace setting.
  • Suit style jacket, jumper, cardigan or waistcoat

Appropriate Female Dress Code

  • School / office shoes with a sensible heel (no trainers or Doc. Martin style boots)
  • Skirts must follow the ‘at least 50/50 rule’ if worn above the knee
  • Smart trousers (no jeans or joggers)
  • Smart dresses must follow the ‘at least 50/50 rule’ if worn above the knee
  • Shirt / blouse / smart top
  • Suit style jacket, jumper or cardigan
  • Leggings, if worn, must also be worn with a skirt, dress or other top which follows the 50/50 rule

Unsuitable – applying to all

  • Extreme hair styles, including unnatural hair colours e.g. pink / blue / purple are not permitted
  • No facial piercings or visible tattoos
  • Only one earring in each ear, no multiple ear piercings
  • See-through clothing
  • Body con skirts or dresses
  • Strapless or string-strapped tops
  • Sweatshirts or hoodies
  • Clothing which is revealing; for example, exposing bare midriffs or showing underwear
  • Hats and caps
  • Clothing with offensive logos
  • Shorts